compassion

A Quote by Dean Koontz on courage, love, friendship, compassion, empathy, humanity, meaning, and drea

Is there some meaning to this life?
What purpose lies behind the strife?
Whence do we come, where are we bound?
These cold questions echo and resound
through each day, each lonely night.
We long to find the splendid light
that will cast a revelatory beam
upon the meaning of the human dream.


Courage, love, friendship,
compassion, and empathy
lift us above the simple beasts
and define humanity.

Dean Koontz

Source: Book Of Counted Sorrows

Contributed by: Jennifer

A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on love, life, and compassion

It took us so long to realize that a purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

Contributed by: Kayla

A Quote by Ken Wilber on divinity, higher-self, compassion, good and evil, senses, radiance, god, and true-self

Divinity has one ultimate secret, which it will also whisper in your ear if your mind becomes quieter than the fog at sunset: the God of this world is found within, and you know it is found within: in those hushed silent times when the mind becomes still, the body relaxes into infinity, the senses expand to become one with the world- in those glistening times, a subtle luminosity, a serene radiance, a brilliantly transparent clarity shimmers as the true nature of all manifestation, erupting every now and then in a compassionate Radiance before whom all idols retreat, a love so fierce it adoringly embraces both light and dark, both good and evil, both pleasure and pain equally....

Ken Wilber

Source: "Simple Feeling of Being"

Contributed by: Artemisilke

A Quote by Robert M. Sapolsky on compassion, nature, and science

I love science, and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awed by nature.

Robert Sapolsky

Source: Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Jackson Browne on compassion

You've had to struggle, you've had to fight
To keep understanding and compassion in sight
You could be laughing at me, you've got the right
But you go on smiling so clear and so bright

Jackson Browne

Source: Fountain of Sorrow

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Ken Wilber on truth and compassion


I have one major rule: everybody is right. more specifically, everybody, including me,
has some important pieces of the truth, and all of those pieces need to be honored,
cherished, and included in a more gracious, spacious, and compassionate embrace.

Ken Wilber

Contributed by: tara

A Quote by Ralph Ellison on american, people, culture, melting pot, sewn, individualism, compassion, life, freedom, humanity, race, and destiny

America is woven of many strands; I would recognize them and let it so remain. It's 'winner take nothing' that is the great truth of our country or of any country. Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. Our fate is to become one, and yet many -- This in not prophecy, but description.

Ralph Ellison (1914 - 1994)

Source: Invisible Man

Contributed by: Stephanie

A Quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery on love, compassion, insight, wisdom, sight, and blindness

Mais les yeux sont aveugles. Il faut chercher avec le couer. (But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart.)

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944)

Source: Le Petit Prince: French Edition, Pages: 73

Contributed by: Stephanie

A Quote by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross on compassion, forgiveness, love, peace, people, and self

Unless we can recognize and own the fact that within every one of us there is one who is capable, has the potential, given a certain circumstance, to take food out of a starving babies mouth.  I witnessed that from good people, decent people, loving people.  They got so desperate and they were in such dire straits that they did that.  We will never be enlightened unless we realize and own what our capacity, from the best of the best to the worst of the worst because then we have more empathy, more compassion, more sympathy for others who do things that are hurtful and harmful and we see, given certain situations, I’m capable of that myself.  So, I’m less judgmental.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Contributed by: emily harding-king

A Quote by Dalai Lama on compassion, purpose, responsibility, love, peace, religion, human, survival, and stability

        what is my purpose in life, what is my responsibility?
        whether I like it or not, I am on this planet
        and it is far better to do something for humanity.

        so you see that compassion is the seed or basis.

       If we take care to foster compassion,
       we will see that it brings the other good human qualities.

       the topic of compassion is not at all religious business;
       it is very important to know that it is human business
       that it is a question of human survival
       that is not a question of human luxury....

       It is clear that even without religion we can manage.

       However, without these basic human qualities we cannot survive.
       It is a question of our own peace and mental stability.

Dalai Lama

Contributed by: tara

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